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Hot Work Safety Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA or CSA.

We Offer Three Differnt Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.
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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It's a PowerPoint presentation you can use to train a group of trainees.
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Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost.
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Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.
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What's in the Training Course?

Our Hot Work training course is regulation-compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on Pre-Shift Inspections and Safe Operations and more.

During this training, we will be taking a look at the specific procedures and tasks that are required of someone who is performing hot work. As part of this training, you will learn the importance of performing pre-shift inspections and conducting safe operations during the shift. We will emphasize the necessity to thoroughly inspect the work site before beginning hot work and to obtain a hot work permit. Finally, we will use case studies to demonstrate the negative results that may occur from ignoring or not complying with your hot work duties.
This hot work program template includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA. Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:

Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

General Industry
  • 1910.252 – General Requirements
  • 1910 Subpart Q – Welding, Cutting, and Brazing
  • 1910.352 Subpart J – Welding and Cutting
  • Maritime
  • 1915 – Regulations for Shipyard Employment
    • 1915.14 – Hot Work
    • 1915.503 – Precautions for Hot Work
  • 1917 – Regulations for Marine Terminals
    • 1917.152 – Welding, Cutting, and Heating (Hot Work)
  • Canada Standards

  • NFPA 51B – Fire Prevention in the Use of Cutting and Welding Processes
  • CSA Standard W117.2-12 – Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes
  • ANSI Z49.1:2012 – Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes
  • Train the Trainer Certification

    The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who conducts hot work must receive training prior to carrying out any hot work duties. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

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    Did You Know?

    1 in 250 construction workers will suffer fatal injuries from welding over a working lifetime.(Source: Industrial Safety & Hygiene News).

    An average of 4,630 structure fires involving hot work occur every year.(Source: National Fire Protection Association).

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    Hot Work Frequently Asked Questions

    What does hot work include?

    Hot work is any work that involves burning, welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, grinding, using fire- or spark-producing tools, and any other work that produces any source of ignition. Hot work procedures may produce sparks, fire, molten slag, or hot material that has a potential to cause fires or explosions.

    What does a hot work permit tell you?

    Hot work permits identify several pieces of information such as the work that is to be done, who is to perform it, the length of time it will take, the hazards associated with the work, and the control measures used. As a whole, it confirms that the area has been cleared for hot work and, if control measures are implemented, that it is safe to begin work in that area.

    Does OSHA require Hot Work training?

    Yes, absolutely. OSHA has a few key standards that are a “catch-all” of sorts. 29 CFR 1926.20 and 21 lay the general groundwork for safety training requirements—no matter the equipment or situation. Simply put, these two standards state very clearly that it is the employer’s responsibility to train operators. More specifically, 1926.21(b)(2) states that “the employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.”

    Bottom line, if you don’t train and there is an accident, and OSHA comes in to investigate (and they will), you better believe they will ask for proof that workers have been trained (when and on what subjects). And if you can’t prove it, they will most likely refer to these standards and the OSH Act of 1970 as the basis for their citations.

    My trainee scored 80% on the exam. Did he pass or fail?

    Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee to operate a boom truck. If you want to pass him at 80%, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.

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